The 28th Olympic games were organised in Greece. The Olympic flame traveled for the first time in five continents.
In these games 201 National Olympic Committees, 10,625 athletes (4329 women, 6,296 men) participated, 301 events were organised, 45,000 volunteers offered free services and 21,500 members of media broadcasted them. It is worth noticing that members of royal families, chiefs of nations, chiefs of sports organisations, celebrities attended.
The opening ceremony took place at Olympic stadium in Athens, in 13th August 2004. The official opening of the games was made by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Konstantinos Stefanopoulos. The three first countries in medals were 1) USA (35 gold, 33 silver, 29 bronze, 103 total), 2) China (63 gold, 17 silver, 14 bronze, 63 total) and Russia (27 gold, 27 silver, 38 bronze, 92 total). Greece won 6 gold, 6 silver, 4 bronze medals, 16 total. The closing ceremony took place in 29th August 2004.
Even if the Games received some negative critics, concerning the cost, they finished with success and a positive net result. This is enforced by the fact that Olympic Games do not include only tangible assets but also intangible assets of great importance. So, The Olympic Movement was not the only reborn and advertised but also the history, culture and potential of the Hellenic Nation, when it is coordinated as a team.
e-bcr, Michael Kassotakis